Contrary to previous research, Republican state cultures do a better job at promoting family stability than Democratic state cultures, when controlling for other factors, according to a research brief published by the Institute for Family Studies.
The relationship between stable families and voting in presidential elections is a U-shaped curve, the research found, in which the most stable families are found in both the most Republican and the most Democratic states. When controlling for race/ethnicity and education, however, there is a positive relationship between Republican states and stable families.
The brief, "Red State Families: Better Than We Knew," was authored by sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox, senior fellow at the IFS and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and psychologist Nicholas Zill. more >>
More than 70 leaders in the Christian education field signed letters to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week advocating for legislation that will protect Christian institutions from from being punished by the government for upholding biblical views on marriage.
As concern grows regarding whether or not the IRS will be able to strip Christian schools and institutions of their tax-exempt statuses for upholding a traditional view on marriage should the Supreme Court rule in favor of making same-sex marriage a constitutional right, over 30,000 Christian schools could be at extreme financial risk if they don't construct their policies to accommodate for same-sex relationships.
The letter specifically calls on members of Congress to support the Government Non Discrimination Act, a bill soon to be introduced by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would prohibit the government from retaliating against institutions that uphold an definition of marriage being a union between only one man and one woman. more >>
A white Texas elementary school teacher who suggested on Facebook that "blacks" might be better off being "segregated on one side of town" in response to the controversial pool party incident in McKinney has been fired.
Frenship Independent School District officials revealed in a statement this week that they fired Karen Fitzgibbons, a fourth-grade teacher at Bennett Elementary School in Wolfforth, Texas, for making the controversial post.
"On Wednesday afternoon, Frenship Independent School District was made aware of a statement posted on a Facebook page by a Frenship ISD employee earlier this week. Frenship ISD is deeply disappointed in the thoughtlessness conveyed by this employee's post. We find these statements to be extremely offensive, insensitive, and disrespectful to our Frenship community and citizens everywhere," said the school district in the statement. more >>
A group that gained headlines for organizing the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" in Garland, Texas, that was attacked by two Muslim extremists has launched a billboard campaign in Missouri.
At a cost of about $40,000, the American Freedom Defense Initiative posted 100 billboards throughout the city of St. Louis on Monday.
A Louisiana school district is speaking out in defense of teachers who use the Bible "to present alternative viewpoints" when teaching on evolution, despite claims from secular scientists that teaching Creationism is "unconstitutional and scientifically-misleading."
Josh Rosenau, spokesperson for the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that promotes the teaching of evolution in schools, asserted on the group's website that "one in eight high school biology teachers advocate for Creationism, even though it's 'unconstitutional,'" in response reports that some teachers in Bossier Parish Schools based in Benton, Louisiana, are using the Bible when teaching on evolution.
Rosenau's comments were a reaction to an article in the left-leaning Slate magazine that reportedly acquired emails from faculty in Bossier Parish wherein a science teacher was said to be teaching about Creationism in the classroom and using materials that included the Bible. more >>
For the second year in a row Hunter Gandee took off on a long walk with some extra cargo to raise awareness for cerebral palsy. Like last year, Gandee made the trek with his brother on his back, completing the 57-mile journey across parts of Southeast Michigan on Sunday.
Gandee, 15, carried his brother, Braden, 8, all 57 miles over three days from Braden's elementary school in Lambertville, Michigan, to the University of Michigan's Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Ann Arbor. Gandee's brother suffers from cerebral palsy.
"I wanted to show people the struggles that Braden has to go through daily," Gandee explained. "I wanted to go out and show people we can make the world a better place for people with cerebral palsy." Gandee has called his little brother an inspiration to him, adding, "He is always there for me." more >>